Wireless Studios is partnering with publishers HarperCollins on a True Crime podcast based on new book, Murder in the Graveyard, by Don Hale.
The book and podcast venture explores the Stephen Downing case, the longest miscarriage of justice in British legal history. In September 1973 Stephen Downing was convicted and indefinitely sentenced for the murder of Wendy Sewell, a young legal secretary in the town of Bakewell in the Peak District. Stephen, who was 17 at the time and has learning difficulties, was immediately arrested, questioned for nine hours without a solicitor present, and pressured into signing a confession full of words he did not understand.
The multi-episode podcast series of the same name, Murder in the Graveyard, will be the debut release under Wireless Studios’ new true crime podcast brand, Reporter. Through a series of brand new interviews, listeners will be given a unique insight into Don’s fight for justice, with members of the Bakewell community coming forward for the first time to reflect upon a case that remains unsolved. Reporter: Murder in the Graveyard will comprise an initial eight episodes which will be released weekly across popular podcast platforms.
Subsequent podcast releases from Reporter will shine a light on similarly enthralling stories of investigative reporting to expose wrongdoing and speak up for forgotten victims of crime.
The book will be published on 13 June 2019, with Wireless Studios’ accompanying multi-episode podcast series launching at the same time.
Jimmy Buckland, Managing Director, Wireless Studios said: ”Listeners will be enthralled by Don Hale’s quest to unravel the secrets behind the Murder in the Graveyard. The case remains unsolved, and seventeen years after Steven Downing’s release important questions remain unanswered. There could be no more fitting story with which to launch our new investigative podcast Reporter than with this account of one courageous journalist’s campaign to expose the truth.”
Oli Malcolm, Publishing Strategy Director at HarperCollins said: “Of all the recent True Crime series, none are as resonant, nor as compelling, as Murder in the Graveyard – the true story of a brutal murder, a forced confession, and the longest miscarriage of justice in British legal history.”